The Nigerian Media Is On A Nation-Wrecking Mission, By Caxton Fatanmi
In the Press Conference at The White House reception for the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, this is one of the statements made by his host, Mr Donald J. Trump, the US President, to wit,
“ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENTS IN NIGERIA, LOCAL,DISTRICT,NATIONAL, MUST WORK TOGETHER TO STOP THE KILLINGS OF CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS…..”
Donald J. Trump…
End of quote.
Read the newspaper headlines in Nigeria today….
– THE PUNCH : ” KILLING OF CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA MUST STOP”
– TRIBUNE : “PROTECT NIGERIANS AGAINST SPATE OF KILLINGS”
– VANGUARD: “KILLING OF CHRISTIANS UNACCEPTABLE”
– THE GUARDIAN: “KILLING OF CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA IS UNACCEPTABLE”
What informed these newspapers from mis-representing a straight-forward statement by President Trump, rending it divisive, emotionally-charged and inflammatory as they did ?
Apart from perhaps The Tribune, all these papers spinned the story to their mischief-making ends.
Both Vanguard and The Guardian literally used the same language.
Are they owned by the same stable or led by the same Editorial Board ???
For a long time, I have held to the thought that the so-called menace of “Fulani Herdsmen” on the rampage was an invention of the media…
These criminals are likely offshoots of Boko Haram, now expressing their enterprise of terror in other ways; or some sponsors are behind these unwarranted and criminal killings in some parts of Nigeria.
I do not see professionalism in the behavior of these media outfits.
Rwanda started like this, before the pogrom..
Every democracy needs a fair, honest and uncorrupted media.
The Nigerian media is losing it, please….
Corruption is not only material, you are also corrupt when you twist the truth to serve a nefarious end.
This is what these Nigerian newspapers just did.